Point of View
UNITED STATES—Why is it when it comes to being provided a service every company wants to lock its consumer into a contract? If you purchase a new cell phone, the device is fairly affordable if you choose to get locked into a two-year contract with the service provider. Why is it 2 years all the time? Is it to have you at their finger tips because let’s face it a lot of cell phone providers give crappy service. They can care less about the consumer they just want your money.
They lock you in for a low rate for a year or two, and after that contract expires the prices sky rocket to unbelievable amounts. It happened with my cable provider. I won’t name names, but if I hadn’t inquired about why my bill was so high I would have never known they were overcharging me and getting away with it. What makes things worse is they had no intention of alerting me of the issue. Greed, it’s a hell of a drug! There is a reason people prefer not to be locked into contracts because if something goes wrong, the consumer gets screwed.
The same applies when renting an apartment; once you’re locked in there’s not much you can do until that contract expires. That’s why some people are so weary about renting apartments; unexpected things occur and when you’re locked into the contract there’s not too much you can do. So am I a fan of contracts, not at all. I understand why they are in place, but I do feel some parties take that perk to lengths that benefit them more than it benefits the consumer. And that’s a shame.
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